Defending the Clean Air Act - Top Stories

  • Lucy and Ethel Help Judy Fight for Healthier Air
    March 13, 2014 - Judy Weimer might raise some eyebrows when she says, “Lucy and Ethel gave me a new lease on life.” But she’s not referring to the old, “I Love Lucy” show. “Lucy” and “Ethel” are the names she’s given to the healthy new lungs she received in a double-transplant four years ago. And it’s because of these new lungs that Judy joined other American Lung Association volunteers and advocates to fight for and win the new, life-saving cleaner gasoline and vehicle standards that were just announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Air Pollution Causes More Diseases Than Expected
    Science World Report
    January 22, 2014 - It turns out that pollution may be deadlier than expected. Scientists have discovered that air pollution causes a list of injuries and diseases that's far longer than previously thought.
  • Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicle Standards Would Yield Major Health Benefits
    April 4, 2013 - The American Lung Association’s latest report, “A Penny for Prevention: The Case for Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicle Standards” reveals that Americans would see major health benefits and save billions of dollars if the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is able to fully implement the newly proposed standards for cleaner gasoline and cleaner vehicles.
  • New Poll: Public Wants More Protection from Gasoline and Vehicle Emissions
    January 30, 2013 - An overwhelming majority of American voters supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) setting stricter standards on gasoline and tighter emissions limits for cars, SUVs and trucks to protect public health. That's the takeaway from a new bipartisan national poll conducted for the American Lung Association.
  • The Healthy Air Agenda
    December 27, 2012 - American Lung Association “Healthy Air Agenda” identifies critical steps to protect the air we breathe.
  • New Poll: Public Wants Stricter Soot Standard
    November 29, 2012 - The American Lung Association conducted a nationwide survey to examine voters' views of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) setting stricter soot standards to protect public health.
  • Mom Fights for Kids with Asthma
    August 22, 2012 - Lydia, an American Lung Association Healthy Air Campaign Volunteer, shares asthma’s tragic toll on her family, and how she’s channeled heartbreak into a fight for healthy air.
  • Speak Up Now for Healthy Air
    July 24, 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to set stronger national air quality standards for particle pollution (soot). The American Lung Association needs you to speak up now, and tell EPA that you support strong standards that really protect our health.
  • A Senate Victory and House Setback in Fight for Air
    June 22, 2012 - On June 20, a strong bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate stood up for the health of our children and rejected attempts by big polluters and their allies in Congress to rollback clean air safeguards that protect the public from toxic air pollution.
  • New Standards Bring Cleaner Air to You
    June 20, 2012 - Prompted by legal action by the American Lung Association and others, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally proposed updated clean air standards for particle pollution. Strengthening these standards to levels that the law requires will help prevent thousands of premature deaths in the U.S. each year.
  • How’s the Air Out There?
    April 25, 2012 - American Lung Association’s Annual air quality report shows cities with cleanest and most polluted air. The just-released thirteenth annual State of the Air report finds both big improvements and continuing threats.
  • U.S. News - End of coal power plants? EPA proposes new rules
    MSNBC
    April 24, 2012 - The Obama administration has proposed the first-ever standards to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. While the proposed rules do not dictate which fuels a plant can burn, they would require any new coal plants essentially to halve carbon dioxide emissions to match those of plants fired by natural gas.
  • Red Carriage Takes Fight for Clean Air to Capitol
    March 29, 2012 - On March 28, the American Lung Association’s Red Carriage rolled to Capitol Hill to take the fight for clean air right to Congress’s doorstep. More than 100 doctors, nurses, clean air advocates and American Lung Association staff and volunteers from 34 states gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to show their support for clean air protections.
  • New Poll: Public Wants EPA to Do More to Reduce Air Pollution
    March 21, 2012 - The American Lung Association's new bipartisan survey shows the American people support the Clean Air Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to update and enforce clean air standards, including carbon and mercury emissions from power plants.
  • What the Smoggiest Cities in the U.S. Can Do To Improve Air Quality
    National Geographic News
    February 28, 2012 - National Geographic Magazine takes a look at the five smoggiest cities in the U.S., what causes air pollution and what they can do to improve their air quality.
  • New Mercury and Air Toxics Standards: Historic Victory for Healthier Air
    December 22, 2011 - Standards to clean up mercury and other toxic emissions from coal- and oil- fired power plants, announced on Wednesday December 21 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mark an historic victory for healthier air in the United States. These new standards, which Congress first required EPA to set more than 21 years ago, will save lives and improve the health and development of millions, especially children.
  • Traffic pollution may be linked to diabetes risk
    Reuters
    December 19, 2011 - A new study suggests that people who live in areas with high levels of traffic-related air pollution may face an increased risk of developing diabetes.
  • Congress returns with Clean Air Act in its sights
    August 30, 2011 - Congress returns in September and the fight for Healthy Air resumes. The leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives announced plans to roll back many protections of the Clean Air Act, while some in the Senate will join in. With your help, the American Lung Association will continue to fight back and protect this critical public health law.
  • Poll: Voters Support EPA and Stronger Smog Limits
    June 20, 2011 - A new bi-partisan poll, by the American Lung Association shows that 75 percent of American voters support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) setting stricter limits on life-threatening ozone smog.
  • Study: Reduced car smog will cut deaths, asthma
    USA Today
    June 1, 2011
  • Schwarzenegger: The Clean Air Act Keeps Us Healthy
    April 27, 2011
  • EPA Celebrates National Public Health Week April 4-10, 2011
    Greenversations, the offical EPA blog
    April 4, 2011
  • American Lung Association Statement Regarding Effort to Protect the Clean Air Act
    April 1, 2011 - No American should have to breathe toxic air. The American Lung Association is currently in the midst of a multi-faceted effort to improve the nation’s air quality and prevent Congress from weakening the Clean Air Act, the forty-year-old landmark public health law that last year alone saved more than 160,000 lives.
  • Toxic Air: Time to Clean Up Coal-fired Power Plants
    March 8, 2011 - Did you know that the coal-fired power plants, found across the country, emit health-threatening toxins into our air every day? Toxins like arsenic, mercury, acid gases and lead. The American Lung Association’s new report Toxic Air: The Case for Cleaning Up Coal-fired Power Plants, reveals the hazardous air pollution emitted from power plants and why now is the time to clean them up and protect our health.
  • Survey Says: Bipartisan Voters Nationwide Support the Clean Air Act, Oppose Congressional Interference
    February 16, 2011 - The people have spoken. Just one day before the U.S. House of Representatives votes on a bill that would severely impact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to protect public health from air pollution, the American Lung Association has released a new bipartisan survey examining public views of EPA’s updating and enforcing clean air standards.
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